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Christmas Message 2011 from the WCC general secretary
16.12.11
Archbishop Rowan Williams to speak in Geneva
20.02.12
Media accreditation opens for WCC Central Committee 2012
21.06.12
WCC to hold hearing on misuse of blasphemy law in Pakistan
28.08.12
Fr Michael Lapsley to speak at Ecumenical Centre, Geneva
19.11.12
Event on female genital mutilation in Geneva
20.11.12
Christmas Message 2012 from the WCC general secretary
24.12.12
Media accreditation now open for WCC 10th Assembly
7.02.13
Press meet at the Final Diplomatic Conference on Arms Trade Treaty
25.03.13
programme schedule
Round Table sponsored by WCC and Focolare movement
The World Council of Churches (WCC) and the Focolare movement founded by Chiara Lubich will hold a round table discussion addressing the theme of “Peace and justice, fruits of unity” on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of Lubich’s last visit to Geneva and five years after her passing away.
Information on Armenian Genocide Mobile Exhibition
Information on Armenian Genocide Mobile Exhibition
Exhibition on Armenian genocide and religious leaders’ response
The WCC and the Armenian Apostolic Church will host a two-week exhibition on the “Armenian genocide and protests of religion leaders as a manifestation of ecumenical solidarity” opening on Monday 2 September.
Seminar on the role of Christian councils and church forums
Background Information Seminar on the role of Christian councils and church forums
Seminar on the role of Christian councils and church forums
Seminar on the role of Christian councils and church forums
Seminar on the role of Christian councils and church forums
The WCC and the Global Christian Forum will hold a seminar on Wednesday 11 September addressing how best to strengthen relationships between Christian councils and church forums in order to promote dialogue and cooperation in seeking broader Christian unity and common witness.
Press conference on Syria crisis to be held in Geneva
Following a WCC meeting with church leaders from Russia, Syria, the U.S. and Europe on role of the church moving all parties in Syria towards a peace agreement, following their discussions with Kofi Annan, former UN secretary general and Lakhdar Brahimi, Joint Representative for Syria, a press conference will be held on 19 September in Geneva, Switzerland.
Memorial service for Nelson Mandela to be held in Geneva
The WCC together with the South African Permanent Mission to the United Nations is to hold a service in memory of Nelson Mandela, celebrating life and works of this anti-apartheid activist, Nobel peace laureate and South Africa’s first black president. The service on 16 December will pay tribute to Mandela through readings, reflections, music and prayers.
WCC-Implenia event
WCC-Implenia event
Nelson Mandela memorial service
Nelson Mandela memorial service
Media accreditation opens for WCC Central Committee 2014
The Central Committee of the World Council of Churches will meet 2 to 8 July 2014 for its first full meeting since it was elected at the WCC 10th Assembly held in Busan, Republic of Korea, 30 October to 8 November, 2013. The meeting will be held at the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva, Switzerland.
Church leaders pilgrimage to Hiroshima and Nagasaki: fact sheet
Church leaders from seven countries currently making historic choices for or against outlawing nuclear weapons will embark on a pilgrimage in early August to the two Japanese cities that were decimated by atomic bombs 70 years ago.
Fact sheet: Church leaders pilgrimage to Hiroshima and Nagasaki
Audio-visual footage of church leaders pilgrimage to Hiroshima and Nagasaki available
Church leaders from seven countries currently making historic choices for or against outlawing nuclear weapons went on a pilgrimage to the two Japanese cities that were decimated by atomic bombs 70 years ago.
Orthodox Handbook on Ecumenism presented at WCC 10th Assembly in Busan
Orthodox and ecumenical scholars presented the Orthodox Handbook on Theological Education and Ecumenism at the World Council of Churches (WCC) 10th Assembly in Busan, Republic of Korea on Wednesday, 6 November.
Update: Media advisory
UNICEF, World Council of Churches launch new partnership for children
UNICEF, World Council of Churches launch new partnership for children´s rights and their wellbeing
The World Council of Churches and UNICEF to sign a global agreement to promote children’s rights globally.
Refugee crisis to be discussed in Munich by 35 bishops and other church leaders from 20 countries
The international refugee crisis will be the focus of a consultation of 35 bishops and church leaders from 20 countries, to be held on 29 October in Munich, Germany. There will be representatives from churches in the most affected regions and from most of the church families in Europe: Orthodox, Catholics, Lutherans, Reformed, Methodist and representatives from the Middle East and Africa, as well as representatives from ecumenical organizations and from church-based humanitarian and refugee organizations.
Global media monitoring report on gender to be released 23 November
Results of the fifth and largest study on the portrayal and representation of women in the news media will be released on 23 November 2015 at 12:00 am (midnight) EST (5:00 am UCT/GMT).
Global Christian leaders concerned for persecuted Christians
An historic consultation of church leaders, drawn from 56 nations, to focus on intensifying "discrimination, persecution and violence" against Christian communities around the world has called on churches globally to pray, support and be in solidarity with those suffering persecution due to their faith.
Briefing pack available from ecumenical groups at COP21
WCC Communication has put together a comprehensive kit to offer to the media. It highlights basic information about high-level church leaders and experts from every continent and from several partner organizations attending COP21 who are able to speak about climate change from the perspective of faith communities.
WCC general secretary visits Rome
Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, general secretary of the World Council of Churches, is visiting Rome 14-15 December.
Jürgen Moltmann in Geneva, 13 January
Noted theologian Jürgen Moltmann will visit the Ecumenical Centre, Geneva, on Wednesday, 13 January, to offer a public lecture and to participate in meetings with staff about the work of the WCC and other ecumenical organizations in the centre. Moltmann’s latest work, The Living God and the Fullness of Life, has recently been published by WCC Publications. He will speak at 4 pm on “The Future of Theology” and afterward sign books and greet guests.
WCC/UN High Level Conference: Refugee Crisis in Europe
Some 80 leaders of governments, UN agencies, faith-related as well as non-religious civil society organizations from countries affected by the current refugee crisis in Europe, Middle East, and Africa will meet at a conference hosted by the WCC in partnership with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Fund for Population (UNFPA), and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) to discern how they can proactively influence and shape coordinated collective practical responses.
Accreditation form for journalists
WCC-UN High Level Conference: Refugee Crisis in Europe
Live at 13.10 CET: Press Conference on Refugee Crisis
On 19 January at 13.10-13.40 CET, a press conference will be held at the Ecumenical Centre Geneva, addressing the Refugee Crisis in Europe.
European identity and values: an exploration
Press and media are cordially invited to attend a public panel discussion on “European identity and values: an exploration”.
USA Racial Justice Accompaniment Visit
The Racial Justice Accompaniment Visit to the USA is a continuation of the WCC’s long history of racial justice work. As part of the Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace, the WCC wishes to listen to and express support for people and churches in the USA, and to encourage the efforts of member churches and ecumenical partners in the US, as well as other justice-seeking movements on these issues.
Media accreditation open for WCC Central Committee 2016
The Central Committee of the WCC will meet 22 to 28 June for its second gathering since it was elected at the WCC 10th Assembly in Busan, Republic of Korea in 2013. At the invitation of the Church of Norway, the meeting will take place in Trondheim, an important Christian pilgrimage site, which is home to the northernmost medieval cathedral in the world.
WCC CC 2016 media accreditation form
Media credentialing for Holy and Great Council open until June 6th
Thank you for your interest in covering the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church 19-26 June, 2016, in Crete, Greece. Applications for press accreditation will begin on 24 May 2016 and will be processed online only through www.holycouncil.org. The final date for submitting your application is 6 June.
Interfaith service to precede UN High-Level Meeting on AIDS
A clear, global interfaith call to action to end the AIDS epidemic will be unveiled at an interfaith service on 7 June at 5:30 p.m. in the Church Center of the United Nations, 777 United Nations Plaza in New York City. The service will precede an 8-10 June UN High Level Meeting on AIDS at which world leaders will adopt a concise, action-oriented Political Declaration on HIV and AIDS. The declaration will express the commitment of nations to HIV response, and serve as a point of accountability for achieving the goals for ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic by 2030.
Interview Request Trondheim
Media invitation to the opening press conference WCC Central Committee meeting, Trondheim, Norway
Bishop Helga Haugland Byfuglien, Bishops' Conference in the Church of Norway, Dr Agnes Abuom, moderator of the WCC Central Committee, and the Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, general secretary of the WCC will be participating in the opening press conference at 01:00-1:20 pm CET. This will be streamed on the WCC website: www.oikoumene.org/live
Pan African Women’s Ecumenical Empowerment Network (PAWEEN) breakfast conversation
The World Council of Churches, together with the Church of Norway and the Pan African Women’s Ecumenical Empowerment Network (PAWEEN), invites you to a conversation among prominent women global ecumenical leaders focused on the question:
Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace
Press Conference 23 June on the Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace. Speakers: Professor Fernando Enns, co-moderator of the reference group for the Pilgrimage of Justice and Peace and Prof. Dr Isabel Apawo Phiri, WCC associate general secretary for Public Witness and Diakonia,
24 June 2016 Press Conference on UNITY
Speakers at today’s press conference will be: The Rev. Dr Susan Durber, United Reformed Church in the UK and moderator of the Faith and Order Commission and The Rev. Dr Andrzej Choromanski, the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unit and a member of the Roman Catholic Church/WCC Joint Working Group.
27 June 2016 Press Conference on HIV and AIDS
Press briefing on HIV and AIDS with Rev. Amin Sandewa, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania; Fr Rex Reyes Jr, general secretary of the National Council of Churches in the Philippines; Metropolitan Dr Geevarghese Mor Coorilos, Syrian Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East; Dr Agnes Abuom, moderator of the World Council of Churches Central Committee.
27 June 2016 Press Conference on Child Rights
Speakers at today’s press conference will be: Ms Sabine Rakotomalala, Global Partnership to end Violence against Children, Mr Masimba Kuchera, Zimbabwe, United Church of Christ in Zimbabwe, member of the WCC Commission of Churches on International Affairs (CCIA), and Ms Caterina Tino, partnerships specialist, UNICEF
AIDS 2016: Faith groups take “Fast Track” in HIV response
Representatives of faith-based organizations and communities will gather 16-17 July in Durban, South Africa for an interfaith pre-conference, “Faith on the Fast Track: Reducing Stigma and Discrimination, Increasing Access, and Defending Human Rights – NOW!”
AIDS 2016 Media Guide
Meeting the ambitious Fast Track targets for 2020, and the goal of ending AIDS as a public health threat by 2030, will require engaging with and supporting religious leaders, faith-based organizations and people of faith, many of whom have been deeply involved in all aspects of the HIV responses since AIDS was first identified 35 years ago.
AIDS 2016: Coverage of faith response to HIV
People of faith and representatives of faith-based organizations demonstrated their commitment to meet the “Fast Track” challenges to end the AIDS epidemic at the 21st International AIDS Conference in Durban, 18-22 July. Extensive coverage of faith-based participation is available via www.iacfaith.org. Articles, video and photos will continue to be added.
Invitation to media workshop
An exclusive offer for you! EKD, CEC and WCC invite you to Wittenberg and Berlin Preview visit to the Reformation anniversary sites with a limited number of participants. Take a look behind the scenes at preparations for this great historical event - the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Retrace the footsteps of Martin Luther.
Streamed Live: Press Conference from NCC/WCC Consultation on the Holy Land
WASHINGTON, DC: At 12:30 pm ET Wednesday, September 14, 2016, General Secretaries Jim Winkler (National Council of Churches, USA) and Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit (World Council of Churches) will issue a statement summarizing the work of this week's groundbreaking consultation between Christian leaders, humanitarian organizations, and human rights organizations on disturbing new developments in the Holy Land.
Interfaith prayer breakfast - moving from commitment to action
Following the adoption of a new Political Declaration on Ending AIDS by United Nations Member States in June 2016, faith leaders are joining together to explore how they can engage in transforming the response to HIV so that commitments are turned into action.
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Prominent Muslim leader to give peace lecture
The grand imam of Cairo’s prestigious Al-Azhar mosque and university is to visit the World Council of Churches (WCC) to give a public lecture and participate in high-level consultations on interreligious peacemaking.
Women of Power lecture, 3 October 2016
WCC and IAW host lecture on ”Women of Power”
Whilst women around the world are slowly getting better represented in top level leadership positions in political and social spheres, many barriers still remain, such as discrimination, gender stereotyping, balancing work/family commitments and prejudice. These barriers help maintain a gender gap and prevent women from fulfilling their potential and contributing to national and global social, political and economic development goals.
500 year Reformation: launch of the anniversary celebrations
All of Europe is preparing for the anniversary of «500 year Reformation». On November 3rd 2016 the international festivities and the first stopover of the «Reformation-Truck» will be launched in the City of Reformation, Geneva. Geneva hosts the World Council of Churches as one of many international organisations.
World Council of Churches joins Blue Communities Project
The World Council of Churches (WCC) Ecumenical Water Network is committed to the human right to water and can no longer ignore the disastrous impact of bottled water on the environment and the well-being of so many women, men and children worldwide.
WCC hosts panel on peace building
As Geneva host celebrations of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation on 3-4 November, the World Council of Churches with the Protestant Church of Geneva (EPG), the International Museum of the Reformation (MIR) and in collaboration with the Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches (FEPS), are pleased to invite you to attend a panel discussion on initiatives and the role of Geneva as “Peace Capital” of the world.
COP22 media pack available from ecumenical groups
ACT Alliance, the Lutheran World Federation and the World Council of Churches have put together a comprehensive kit to offer to the media. It highlights basic information about their some of their experts attending COP22 who are able to speak about climate change from the perspective of faith communities. We have speakers who represent a broad range of experience on climate change.
Report launch: Study on coordinating humanitarian efforts to protect Iraqi and Syrian minority populations
As the populations of Syria and Iraq feel the toll of armed conflicts in their countries, the World Council of Churches (WCC) and Norwegian Church Aid (NCA) are releasing a joint study, “Protection needs of minorities from Syria and Iraq,” in Oslo, Norway, on 28 November.
Report presentation Oslo, 28 November 2016
Report on minorities in Syria and Iraq, 2016
Report on minorities in Syria and Iraq, 2016
Presentation of Report: Coordinating humanitarian efforts to protect Iraqi and Syrian minorities
As the populations of Syria and Iraq feel the toll of armed conflicts in their countries, the WCC and Norwegian Church Aid have released a joint study, “Protection needs of minorities from Syria and Iraq”. On 12 December, media and public are invited to the Palais de Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, for a press conference and seminar presenting the report.
Subject: Interview opportunities during WEF 2017: Responsible leadership must be built on our common interests
Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC), will participate in the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos.We would like to offer you a one-on-one interview with Rev. Dr Tveit in person, on the phone, or via Skype. Dr Tveit can offer unique perspectives on the theme of the Annual Meeting - “Responsive and Responsible Leadership”:
Media Invitation: Official Visit of H.H Patriarch of Ethiopia Abune Matthias I
The World Council of Churches welcomes His Holiness Abune Matthias I, Patriarch of Ethiopia, Archbishop of Axum, Echegue of the See of St. Teklehaimanot, at his first official visit to the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva. We are pleased to invite you to participate at this event of historic significance to the ecumenical movement.
Ecumenical Patriarch will visit WCC in Geneva
The World Council of Churches (WCC) will welcome His Holiness Bartholomew I, Archbishop of Constantinople, New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch, on Monday, 24 April.
Invitation to the exhibit on the Human Rights Situation in the Philippines
Ecumenical Centre in Geneva hosts exhibit on the Human Rights Situation in the Philippines and invites to visit its opening event on Friday, 5 May 2017. It is one of Philippine UPR Watch delegation activities in Geneva for the 3rd cycle of the United Nations Universal periodic review of Human rights in the Philippines.
Invitation to the World Council of Churches (WCC) Press Conference in Harare
One of the global's influential christian leaders, Rev Dr Olav Fykse Tveit the General Secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC), who is leading a delegation of church leaders from Europe, Africa and North America to Zimbabwe will this afternoon (Friday 19 May 2017) address a Press Conference at the Holiday Inn, Harare to brief the media on his visit.
Kirchentag: Church festival with church leaders, Obama, and many youth
Open debates, prayers in many languages and music of all styles: these are the trademark ingredients of the biannual festival of the Kirchentag. Founded in 1949 by Protestant lay people to strengthen democratic culture after the Nazi dictatorship and the Second World War, it has gained European and global reach over the decades.
Press Conference with ICAN awarded the Nobel Peace Prize 2017
The Nobel Peace Prize 2017 was awarded to International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) "for its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons".